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Cerberus In ROM Manager why???

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By NexusCrazy, Senior Member on 16th September 2011, 12:57 AM
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Not been on the forums or even had time to flash any ROM's for a few weeks but tonight I've got a couple of hours free, so just been looking through ROM Manager and came across Cerberus, I thought it was a new ROM at first so I took a look. Only to find out it's an APP not a ROM (weird really).

I was just wondering if anyone had tried it or know anything about it and does it really deserve a place in ROM Manager when its not even a ROM, even if it the best thing since sliced bread I'd still expect it to be in extras anyway.

Sorry If this has been discussed but like I've said Ive had no time so am a little out of touch

16th September 2011, 01:12 AM |#2  
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Never heard of it before but I found out about it just like you did. From what I can tell it's the same as the marketplace app -

I will admit I haven't tried either version (ROM manager version or marketplace), but it seems to have decent reviews. I agree though, it seems weird in ROM manager under the normal ROM listing... I expected it to be under Extras too.
16th September 2011, 02:09 AM |#3  
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Flashed it through CWM although it can be downloaded from the market as pointed out.

What an amazing piece of kit. you get a weeks free trial but I paid 2.60 or there about.

I can't explain how good it is, if you have ever been concerned about loosing misplacing or having your Nexus slolen, then this most definately for you.

If you buy the full version you can add up to 5 phones.

It enables you to track, wipe take a picture, request call or sms log display a message sound an alarm even record live for up to 5 mins at a time, ether by loging on to there ste online or by sending a text message to your phone.

By far the best security app I've ever seen.

Check it out, its free for a week and if you don't buy it there must be something wrong with you.

And honestly I'm not assosiated with the app or its developers, just know a great app when I see one
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16th September 2011, 02:45 AM |#4  
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Hi, I'm Cerberus main developer.

First of all, if you have any questions on Cerberus feel free to ask!

Then, regarding the inclusion in ROM Manager, I'd like to explain how and why it happened.
Cerberus has additional features if you integrate it into the rom. It cannot be uninstalled (I mean, it can only be deleted by flashing a new rom or using adb/terminal emulator, but I don't think a lot of thieves know how to do that), and GPS is automatically enabled when you send a "Start tracking" command. So on the website there is a flashable zip for easy installation in /system/app.
A user, who also maintains the ROM Manager repository, told me if I wanted to publish it there too, so integration into the rom would be even easier. Of course I said "Sure, that'd be great"

Now I don't know if there's a specific category into ROM Manager that is fit for Cerberus or whatever, if someone more expert than me wants to write his opinion I'd like to read it.

P.S. If you installed version 1.9beta, there are some nice new features that you can't see yet in the "official" dashboard. More info here:
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16th September 2011, 02:52 AM |#5  
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It is the best app i have ever downloaded.

EDIT: Wow I just read all the comments in ROM Manager and I want to punch so many people.
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16th September 2011, 03:11 AM |#6  
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So to expand on what ajejee said above:

Previously, Cerberus could only be installed either as a regular app with the "Device Administrator" permissions like any other security app, and the associated flaws (like not being able to turn on GPS on 2.3.3+), or by downloading a separate APK off the website and running it on your phone, which would copy the APK to the system partition.

Long story short, putting Cerberus in ROM Manager is a way to make it easier for users to install Cerberus to /system, since most competent root users have ClockworkMod Recovery and at least know of ROM Manager. While yes, it is "odd" for an app to be in the ROM listing, it's not the only non-ROM in there. I also have radio images for the HTC EVO 4G listed as well.

In regards to placing it in "Extras": Yes, that's a nice idea, but with the way RM's manifests work, it's not really feasible. The "Extras" isn't a separate category, but just another manifest that was hosted on Koush's GitHub, and was only being used by Superuser. This means that any time Superuser had an update, or Cerberus would have an update, the developers would have to send a pull request to Koush, and someone would have to merge it in.

I say was, because Superuser and Cerberus both now have their own separate manifests (meaning no more Extras link), and show up as "ROMs" in the Download ROM menu. I've talked to Koush about making a separate "Download App" menu, but the problem with that is that the Market's ToS prevent having an app that just downloads other apps.

tl;dr, this is so Cerberus can be protected against factory resets, apps can kinda-sorta go in the Download ROM menu, and ROM Manager can't have a separate Download App menu.
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16th September 2011, 07:16 AM |#7  
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Pretty cool app!!!!!!!!

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30th September 2011, 02:51 PM |#8  
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Awesome app and there are even way to get it for free !
30th September 2011, 03:12 PM |#9  
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Well, you translated the app into Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian so you earned a couple free licenses

There are not many languages left to localize Cerberus into: Korean, Finnish, Arabic, Farsi, Indonesian and Thai.

So if anyone wants to help with some of these translations please let us know!

Originally Posted by rijads

Awesome app and there are even way to get it for free !

7th October 2011, 12:58 PM |#10  
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Thanks "ajejee" for this nice application.
I can localize Cerberus into Arabic language if you want !
7th October 2011, 01:08 PM |#11  
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That would be great! Can you please contact me at ?

Thanks a lot!
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